Ladder (aka Ladder of Life or Jacob’s Ladder). 1. A pattern running vertically on a garment, making the poles and rungs of a ladder. 2. Traditionally references Jacob’s ladder, a way to heaven and eternal happiness, or more precisely a oneness with God. 3. In fishing terms, Jacob’s ladders are the ropes that run from the deck of a vessel to the rigging above. 4. A connection that causes change.



Moss. 1. A pattern with a bumpy texture created by knitting a stitch, then purling the next, alternating between the two for two rows. The next two rows are created by purling a stitch, then knitting the next, alternating between these two. Can be used by itself or as the interior pattern of a diamond or square. 2. Traditionally represents earth (the island is mostly rock and it was from moss and seaweed that soil for crop cultivation was created). 3. The ground where a life grows.

Diagonal Ribbing

Diagonal Ribbing. 1. A pattern created by twisting stitches. It appears as the deep furrows of a field on a diagonal and is used as texturing. 2. The nature of learning.


Blackberry (aka Trinity). 1. A stitch that creates one pattern by binding three stitches together. 2. Traditionally, this represents either blackberries or, more commonly, the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 3. The true Holy Trinity—child and parents.


Cable. 1. A very simple stitch that looks incredibly difficult, for it appears as two ropes entwining each other, creating a single cable. A cable needle is best used for this stitch. 2. Traditionally represents the cables that hold the fishing nets to the boat, ensuring the strength and safety of the net, the continuation of the food supply, and therefore, life. 3. The making of one person from two people, which creates greater strength, and the continuation of life, is, of course, a child.


Basket stitch knitted as a vertical pattern

Basket stitch knitted as a vertical pattern


Basket. 1. A stitch that looks like a tightly woven basket, with interlacing squares. 2. Traditionally represents the fisherman’s basket, a large catch, and therefore bounty. 3. Honest intentions.






Honeycomb stitch as texture

Honeycomb stitch as texture

Honeycomb. 1. This stitch appears exactly as it is named. The cells of the comb can be larger or smaller, depending on the number of stitches used. 2. Traditionally represents hard work and its rewards. An entire jumper made in the honeycomb stitch is saying something worth thinking about.